1123233_34885599Dear Lord, help me to do my work well, to have the memory of an elephant, and by some miracle to be able to do five things at once – answer four telephones while typing a letter that “must go out today.” When the letter doesn’t get signed until tomorrow, please give me the strength to keep my mouth shut.

Dear Lord, never let me lose my patience, even when the boss has me searching files for hours for the report that is later discovered on his desk.

Give me the intelligence of a college professor, although my education is limited to a high school diploma and secretarial training.

Help me to read his mind, his handwriting, and carry out all instructions without explanation.

Let me always know exactly where my boss is and when he’ll be back, even though he never tells me these things.

And Lord, when the year ends, please give me the foresight not to throw out records that will be asked for in a couple of days even though I was told emphatically, “Destroy these — they are cluttering up the place.”

 I ask these blessings, dear Lord, in the name of secretaries everywhere. Amen.